It is election season in Mosul and the Iraqi city is awash with campaign posters.
For the first time in half a decade, faces of women – some without hijabs – beam out on to the streets of the former Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant stronghold.
“Some of these candidates with billboards don’t even care if they win, they just want to be seen, show they’re not afraid anymore,” said Rayan al-Hadidi, an activist from Mosul.
“The only good thing that came out of the Islamic State is this freedom we have now. The single-party tyranny of Daesh led us back to democracy.”
It has been more than nine months since Iraq’s second city was liberated from the jihadists, but in one way or another Isil will…
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